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Windows 7: Win7 drivers on a Dell Dimension 5000

25 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Win7 drivers on a Dell Dimension 5000

Hi there,

I recently bought Windows 7 as a christmas present to my parents so that they could upgrade their Dell Dimension 5000 to run Windows 7.
Original operating system was Windows XP.

I copied all files etc to an external harddrive and then I did a clean install of Windows 7.
Everything worked perfectly except for that Windows couldnt recognize the ethernet card and sound.

Because of that I couldnt connect to the internet so I took my laptop and began searching for drivers that would work for this system and Windows 7.
I started with Dells "Support and Drivers" section but they didnt have any drivers at all for Dimension 5000 that would work with Windows 7 - only for XP.

The only thing I found on Dells support section was a brief comment about this system:

Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Windows 7 on this model and you need, at a minimum, Vista drivers for the hardware devices (and you need Dell specific drivers for the sound). The 5000 was not a good candidate for upgrading to Win 7.
Try posting on the Windows 7 forum, maybe someone there will have something that will work, about your only hope.

And therefore I started an account here to see if someone have any suggestions.
This is the drivers needed: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

Is it hopeless to try and find drivers or do I have to buy a new network card?

I also tried installing XP drivers with the compatibility mode for Windows XP but didnt work.

Right now it feels like I wasted money for buying Windows 7 to this computer eventhough it got a lot faster with Windows 7 compared when Xp was installed. But without Internet Connection there is no point in having Windows 7 installed.

Woud be absolutely grateful for any suggestions!

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25 Dec 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit

Hello henric and welcome to the Forum.

You might give this a try. Install it in compatibility mode and that might let Win 7 recognize it (assuming the Win 7 you purchased is 32-bit.)

Network: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller Driver Version A02 - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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25 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit


I tried your suggestion but I'am sorry to say it didnt work.

The installation was successful but ethernet still show up as "unknown device" when I look at installed drivers.
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25 Dec 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

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25 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Yeah, I'll guess its easier to just buy a new cheap network card.

Thanks anyway!
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